No matter how tight I squeeze, I can’t stop the leaky tears from puddling. This time a text started the spillage. “I know things are nuts in your life. Do you need me to…”
Forming a response to myself I thought, “Yes, sweet friend, that would be so helpful cuz, I got nothing.”
That’s when the thought comes. Maybe having nothing is good. Leaky eyes, weak bodies, unmet ends and taut emotions are all I’ve got. And when added together, the sum is nothing.
Jesus is strong. When I meditate on Jesus’ strength it makes me feel far away from Him sometimes. His strength never fails. Not in heaven. Not on earth. There is always an end to my strength. I am weak. Sometimes the drain of life leaves me empty. So empty I’ve got nothing. On this particular day of draining, I simply pause and offer my nothing to Jesus.
And I instantly think of some amazing things Jesus did with nothing.
In the beginning He had nothing, yet He created everything. (Genesis 1:1)
When He was born He had nothing, yet He filled the earth with peace. (Luke 2:12-14)
At a wedding He had nothing, yet He improved the host’s reputation and kept the guests happy using available resources of water and wineskins. (John 2:6-11)
Traveling He had nothing, yet His teaching moved others to give up everything they had. (Acts 2:44)
Visiting the well He had nothing, yet He healed a woman’s heart by quenching her every thirst. (John 4:14)
Passing a beggar He had nothing, yet He restored the blind mans’ sight with dirt and spit. (John 9:12)
Reaching a town filled with grief He had nothing, yet He restored life to Lazarus and joy to the sisters with His words. (John 11:44)
Interrupting a public stoning He had nothing, yet He protected a woman caught in adultery by writing words with a stick in the dirt. (John 8:8-11)
While preaching to the multitudes He had nothing, yet He filled the bellies of the 5,000 breaking a young boy’s small lunch into pieces. (John 6:9-12)
Abandoned by those He’d called to intercede for Him slept He had nothing, yet He healed the soldier who lost His ear in the scuffle. (Matthew 26:40 &Psalm 18:10)
Struggling to the point of sweating tears He had nothing, yet He willingly gave His life into the hands of death. (Luke 22:42-44)
Dying on the cross He had nothing—even His clothes were fodder for a game of soldierly dice, yet He gave everything producing life and salvation for all. (John 19:23-34 & 30)
How Jesus changed with world with His nothing humbles me. It reminds me I already have everything I need to do everything God calls me to do. God’s Word is clear: Nothing is the only necessary ingredient for God to become my everything.
As I follow Jesus’ example surrendering all of my own nothing to The Father, I see that it’s not about the nothing I possess but about the everything I surrender, even nothing is all I have to give. When I surrender my nothing I can do anything. Jesus lived life on earth surrendered to God and I can too. Not only did Jesus live surrendered, He is sitting at the right hand of God cheering me on in the surrendered life. “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Phil. 4:13)
When I surrender my everything, no matter that all I have is nothing, I join Jesus at the throne of God. And that’s where I see glimpses of His strength in me. And the struggle is real. Finding myself weak is frustrating. Having nothing to give is heartbreaking. But finding Jesus’ strength is liberating. When I have nothing to give, I can go on in His strength by surrendering to My Savior.
Regularly set aside by a way too tired, stretched too thin mama, yet He makes Himself known by offering grace.
Through grace, I receive His strength. Surrendered, I can be strong because He is.
He sets the challenge before me, how will I use my nothing to make Him My Everything?
Jesus is my Perfect Example. May my life be so full of nothing, Lord. Especially if that’s what it takes to point this world to You. Amen
How is He asking you to use your nothing today?
What do you need to surrender?
When has the Father empowered you to meet somebody else’s need with your nothing?
On Wednesday, Margaret shares a sweet story about how God helped her faith catch air after she started drowning in fear and panic.
On Friday, Heather shares some important do’s and don’ts for when grief enters your marriage.
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